Awards season has begun: The Gotham Awards were handed out tonight to honor the best of the year in independent film. Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom landed the top award, Best Feature, a choice I won’t argue with. As far as recognizable names go, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass won Best Ensemble Performance for Your Sister’s Sister. Although Beasts of the Southern Wild must have been a strong contender for Best Feature, Benh Zeitlin had to settle for Breakthrough Director.
You better believe that the Gotham Awards go more obscure than Beasts, including an award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You. So hit the jump for the full list.
The winners of the 37th Toronto International Film Festival were announced earlier today with David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook taking home the festival’s People’s Choice Award and Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths being recognized with the Midnight Madness Award. For the sake of context, it’s worth noting that the 34 previous Peoples Choice winners have gone on to garner 10 Best Picture nods at the Academy Awards (with Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, and The King’s Speech bringing home the Oscar).
For a complete list of the festival’s winners, including director Bartholomew Cubbins‘ Best Documentary win for Artifact, hit the jump to check out the press release. After perusing that, be sure to stay up to date on all of our ongoing TIFF 2012 coverage.
Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the movies playing in its Special Presentations and Galas programs. Today, they’ve provided the line-up for their other programs, and they’ve got some strong flicks in the Documentary category. This year’s line-up includes new movies from Ken Burns‘ The Central Park Five (co-directed by David McMahon and Sarah Burns), Alex Gibney‘s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, and Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (the follow-up to her great 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired).
Hit the jump for the full documentary line-up and synopses. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th. Click here for the Midnight Madness line-up.